My Experience At The African American Cultural Festival

I was recently chosen to be one of about 25 artists to display my work at the African American Cultural Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having my work chosen to be in shows is not new for me but to be chosen to be in a show as large as this one was a new experience for me.

The show was for two days, Saturday and Sunday. 30,000 to 40,000 people was expected to come. Yes, this show would definitely require more preparation. I knew that I needed to take as much of my art work as possible. It’s better to carry more than I needed rather than not enough. Time for a quick inventory of my work. Okay, am out of three of my most popular prints, so am off to my favorite printer to have more made.

Proper weights are going to be required for my tent because sometimes its windy and I don’t want my tent to become airborne. So off to Lowe’s to purchase my materials. (I want to make my own weights.) But enough with the preparations, on to the show.

!AACF BoothAfter being directed to the area where my tent was to be, I began unloading with the help of family members and festival volunteers. I loved the excitement in the air as all of the artists,food vendors, performers and stage hands set up for the two day event.

From the beginning of the show I stayed busy talking with visitors. I met a pig farmer and his wife who fell in love with my paintings of pigs on the beach and my painting of pigs having a romantic evening in a restaurant. We had some laughs and they purchased the paintings and  were looking forward to hanging them in their home.

The festival was a wonderful experience and a  great opportunity for me to meet future collectors, talk about my work and forge connections. If you would like to know more about my art world and see some of my work visit my website at

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Sandra Cherry Jones


A Conversation With Artist and Art History Professor Heea Crownfield

A Conversation With Artist and Art History Professor Heea Crownfield

By Sandra Cherry Jones on 3/7/2014 10:47:42 AM Comment on this

Heea Crownfield
This is the first in a series of interviews with artists. Today our artist conversation is with Heea Crownfield who I am happy to have had as my Art Appreciation professor recently.


I know that you are not originally from Washington, North Carolina, so how did your teaching at Beaufort County Community College come about?


Prior to moving to Washington, I lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for 20 years while raising my daughter as a single parent. In 2010 my position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Guilford College ended and I found myself unemployed. I love being near the water so I applied to teach at Beaufort County Community College in 2012 and got the job.


What are the courses that you teach?


I am currently teaching Art Appreciation and Art History. I am planning on teaching Two-Dimensional Design in the fall.


What do you like the most about teaching?


I love being able to help students view their world and their place in it in a different way. Art can do that. If you have not been exposed to a lot of art, your view is very limited about what it is. It is the same with life. I like to think that I can pull back the curtain a bit and show there is so much more out there, so many ways to think not only  about art but about our own lives and potential.


I know that you are also an artist. What is your favorite medium to work in?


My favorite medium is working with non-traditional sculpture materials, including handmade paper pulp and beeswax.

  • Core by Heea Crownfield
  • Self-Accumulating by Heea Crownfield


How would you describe your style?


My art is non-traditional and conceptual. I like to think of art making as a way to create my own world and reality.


Who is your favorite artist and why?


I don’t think that I can pick just one favorite artist. Some of my favorites are Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Anselm Kiefer, and Eva Hesse. All four artists are known for using a range of materials and processes. I think this is one of the reasons I am drawn to their work. Another reason is that I find their work to be earthy and spiritual, qualities I seek to evoke in my own work of art.


If you could own one work of art, what would it be and why?


It is really difficult to choose one work of art I would want to own. Most of the work I am drawn to is rather large and impractical for the home. If I had the space I would love to have either Anselm Kiefer’s Sol Invictus(Unconquered Sun) or Sternenfall (Falling Stars). Both paintings portray a fiqure lying in a field. One has a large sunflower towering above, head bowed down toward the fiqure. The other has a similar fiqure but with the night time stars and cosmos above. In both, the space is dominated by the space above the fiqure. Something about both paintings inspires a sense of awe in me and relates to our interconnection to the universe.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?


I enjoy gardening and walking along the waterfront in Washington. I also love to cook and find cooking to be a great stress reliever.

Child Playing Hopscotch Game Painted On Brick

This is one of my favorite subjects to paint. It’s of a girl playing one of my favorite games as a child. One of my granddaughter served as the model. This painting is on a brick paver.102_0426

Vintage Wine Painting On A Brick

This is the third in a series of paintings that I am doing on wine bottles. They are each painted on a brick paver. These pavers are often used for paving walkways and driveways but I love painting my art on them. Some of my collectors use these pavers as doorstops but most of them display them on tables,shelves and mantles.

Wine Bottle And Glass Painted On A Brick

This is an acrylic painting on a brick paver of an old wine bottle, glass and grapes. These brick pavers are often used to pave walkways and driveways but I enjoy painting on them. I have painted bricks since 1999 and since then I have painted so many that I have honestly lost count.   Many people are beginning to call me the brick artist which is not really a bad title although I still paint on wood and canvas. You can see more of art on my website. http://www.sandracherryjones.com102_0420

My Eye- Opening Art Appreciation Class

When I took an art appreciation class at my local college, I had no doubt that I would enjoy it because I have always wanted to learn about artists and the process of creating art as well as what inspired artists to create what they did. I just didn’t realize how much I would learn from the class and how much of an effect it would have on my own art. Yes, it has truly been an eye- opening experience.

One of my favorite parts of the course was analyzing and interpreting works of art. One of the paintings that I selected to analyze was The Night Cafe by Vincent van Gogh. I had always been interested in his life and art and from the course; I learned that the colors and the lines that he used for the painting really set a mood for how he must have been feeling at the time.Night Cafe in Arles, watercolor, 1888, by Van Gogh

We know of some of the stories of how van Gogh suffered from periods of deep depression and he was deeply affected by color. The colors that he used for this painting was to get an emotional response from the viewers. When I first saw this painting I did’nt think of it in a menacing way because I tend to like bright colors in my work as well as in others but in the course of the study I began to see this painting as well as others in a different light. Red in the painting can arouse feelings of anxiety and maybe even anger and aggression. The café itself is not a fun, cheerful place and is rather  a not so pleasant place to be. So perhaps the painting also reflected how he was feeling. There were other significant things going on in the painting that you might be observing about this painting.

We learned as a class to better analyze many works of art as well as our own. Toward the end of the course we were asked to create a self-portrait in the style of one of the art periods that we had studied and analyzed. There were many art periods that I enjoyed learning about such as neoclassical, and impressionism but I chose to do a self-portrait in the Byzantine style from the Middle Age period. My choice was based on the use of the rich gold that was used in the art of that period. Although some of the characteristics of the period was the use of icons and religious subjects, I wanted to give my painting a more modern look but still using some of the features of the period.

This is my self-portrait.The class was indeed an eye-opening experience. It taught me to appreciate the works of artists more and to think about the process and decisions that went into the creation of their work. It helped me to approach my work with new “eyes” and it helped me to see that many of them had the same struggles and feelings that I have in my process of creating art. This was indeed an eye-opening experience.102_0409

Topics: Art Appreciation